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March 8th, 2011 Posted 7:00 pm

SFNR  on Quarry Hill, Redmires; The Sheffield Pals Sep '14

“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic … taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present … always discovering … always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days … such a day has been today.” Albert Winstanley 1917-2012

Planning and riding a SFNR makes me think and these thoughts can sometimes be profound. I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle recently. I found my perfect motto or aphorism for SFNR
“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” Book of Bokonon

The new 2014-2015 season is now planned. See the proposals at Future Sheffield FNR page, but take note, these plans may change so get on the email list (sheffieldfridaynightride@gmail.com) or like the fb page

Next Sheffield FridayNightRide
Poetry
Fri 10 Oct 2014
6.30pm, University Concourse, next to SUSU

Theme: It’s Sheffield’s marvellous literary festival, Off the Shelf, 11 Oct – 1 Nov
Let’s informally join in and contribute a FridayNightRide on the theme of poetry. Sheffield has poems on display, a couple of statues of poets, and locations and artifacts of Sheffield have been either settings or inspirations for poems. So we are going to ride to these places and look at things, recite some poems and even do a ‘brass’ rubbing of a hymn scratched, in the past, onto a wall. And we can chat about what poetry means to us. Anybody want to volunteer to do a bit of reciting? Don’t be shy!
Heads Up! The ride is on okay-ish roads or paths and should suit any bike. Bring LIGHTS, LOCKS and a spare tube. Just over 11 miles, town-based and not much up and down, lots of stops to see stuff, recite and chat.
Map: The map with POI and which poems/poets go where

View Poetry (www.sfnr.org.uk) in a larger mapNext Sheffield FNR
Get all the story of this ride and the details on Next Sheffield FNR by beg of Oct

Meanwhile to keep you smiling why not watch this video of Groningen Cycling City
and then join CycleSheffield so you can make the dream come true here in the UK

Cycle Maintenance classes throughout the year
The ever-popular ReCycleBikes cycle maintenance classes are now revised and bookable here
If you know what you’re doing and want a stand to work on, in the dry with good tools and expert advice on hand then you can do that in the bike kitchen

I think Edinburgh Bike Coop and Evans also offer bike maintenance classes so contact them for details

Learn how to use the

Private Eye No. 1326 Lance Armstrong Puncture Repair outfit

Bike Jumble – book early for the one in October; it gets busy and is a great event to go to
sheffield-jumble-oct-14
Mark’s contact details are on the poster.

More Rides
I get ride info sent to me from time to time and if you want to get out on your bikes more then …
don’t forget to look on these sites: local CTC site; the Sheffield Clarion Cycling Club;, the Steel City Riders; Ride Sheffield; Sheffield Shopper Society; No Balls Biking; Sheffield Women’s Cycling – see side bar Other Sheffield Rides for all these.

Should SFNR have an anthem? – this is a great tune about liberty and joy for us to hum and la la la as we pedal

The Times Cities fit for cycling Click on this logo, check out what it says, sign up if you want to. I know its News International, obviously linked to News Corp who sponsor all that cycling through SKY; but I think this is genuinely felt – shock that a colleague ordinarily commuting to work can be seriously injured through poor vehicle design and driver behaviour.

Cheer yourself up before the next ride – take a dekko at this

Fraternal/Sororal Rides: There used to be a London FridayNightRide www.fridaynightride.com (where I was inducted into the experience) sadly no more. If any body knows of another FNR like this one – there are other FNRs which cycle to the coast and all that kind of stuff but we are not into distance or endurance or power (I think we are in it for the joy of social urban riding and being a tourist in your own backyard) then I could maybe see if any other FNR wants to do a fraternal/sororal ride sometime in Sheffield and vice-versa.

“FridayNightRiders of the World Unite!”

Mick

“We have nothing to lose but our chains!”

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